Curriculum Vitae Wijnand Karsens


Birth: 20-08-1993, Arnhem, the Netherlands
Hobbies: Traveling, Kitesurfing, Poker
Languages: English, German, Dutch
Drivers Licence: AM, B

Personal Qualities

  • Goal oriented
  • Analytical power
  • Creative
  • Willing to learn
  • Working independent
  • First principles thinking
  • Entrepreneurial mindset

Favourite quote:
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. - Mahatma Gandhi

Work, Experience & Education

September 2006 - June 2012
VWO, Zernike College Westerse Drift, Haren

October 2006 - December 2015
Owner, administrator and developer of website MasterCrimeZ(.nl) (HTML, CSS, MySQL, PHP)
I created this online text-based mafia role-playing game myself and maintained it (with help of volunteers) for 9 1⁄4 years. In this game you will play the role of a criminal and play with and against your friends in a post-apocalyptic the Netherlands. Besides the self-taught programming skills, it taught me how to maintain user happiness, how to crowd-source ideas, how to manage and stimulate a team of volunteers, and much more.

2007 – 2010

Freelance website developer (HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL)
I’ve made a handful of websites for clients


Professional online poker on PokerStars
Learned: persistence (dealing with failure / downswings) mind-games, emotional control, discipline, risk-reward analysis


Project “BAWS”

This Intelligent Agent Program, written in Pascal, was used to quick-flip items on the market of the game RuneScape and trade the earned in-game currency for real-life cash.

September 2012 – September 2017

University of Groningen (RUG),
Bachelor, Artificial Intelligence
Minor, Psychology


Volunteered for SV Cover ExCie: Organizing a trip for the AI study association to Edinburgh, Scotland


Volunteered for GSKV Released LustrumCie: A Committee to organize a trip for the student kitesurf association to Lagos, Portugal

November 2015 – June 2016

Bachelors Project: Using Deep Convolutional Neural Networks to classify wild animals

September 2016 – April 2017

Travelled through Nepal and South East Asia. I worked one month as receptionist at a hotel, but most importantly, gained world knowledge and improved my entrepreneurial mind-set and social skills.

May 2017 – February 2018

Learned App development

Created 2 prototypes for native apps on Android and iOS using React Native, Node JS, Express, MySQL, GraphQL Apollo on Linux Ubuntu

MasterCrimeZ App: App concept of previous game (See October 2006 – December 2015)

iProud/Relephant App: This prototype-app helps entrepreneurs to keep track of their achievements.

September 2017 - Current

Started a community and publication called "Let's Eat Code Kite Repeat": React Native & GraphQL Apollo Tutorials, Bootcamps & More for digital nomads, entrepreneurs & software developers that share a passion for extreme sports & adventure. This is a growing community of talented software developers.

February 2018 – Current

Communify, an app which is in BETA now.

It’s an app on Android and iOS using React Native, Node JS, Express, MySQL, GraphQL Apollo on Linux Ubuntu

This app has the primary goal to create stronger and more meaningful networks in co-working spaces, everywhere around the world.

July 2018 – Current

Part-time App developer (React Native) at Target Holding, working in a big team, using agile, scrum sprints and kanban.

August 2018 – Current

OV-Fiets app in collaboration with two others, an app to plan your bicycle and train route.

My vision

In all projects I participate in, I try to apply these basic concepts over and over to make sure I'm doing the right thing.

  • Symbiosis - I believe in collaboration and the goodness of people.
  • Cost reduction - Using recources to the fullest, efficiency will make products and services cheaper
  • Labor reduction - Automation and behavior-influences will reduce the amount of labor needed
  • Self-sufficiency - Being able to fulfill your basic needs means not having to pay others to get these. Among other things, I love solar power!
  • Fundamental thinking - I think from first principles instead of from analogy.
  • Location-independent - I am a digital nomad that operates location-independent and travel to grow my network globally.

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